Oktoberfest Vermont will take place this fall, during the last week of September at the Waterfront Park in Burlington. This first-annual event is a Bavarian themed weekend-long festival that offers local food, a live performing 6 piece professional Bavarian Orchestra, contests and games, German-style decor and of course, beer!

This weekend-long gathering will feature over 40 breweries on premise, including Hop N’ Moose Brewing, Magic Hat Brewing Company, Otter Creek Brewing Company, Sam Adams, The Shed Brewery, Switchback Brewing Company, Traveler Beer Co., and Woodchuck Cider, just to name a few.

This event will also feature local food vendors highlighting authentic German eats as well as a wide variety of other culinary delights. Enjoy tasty treats from Bluebird Barbecue, where they will offer Bavarian inspired BBQ. Myer’s Bagels will also be on site, providing you with a voucher for a FREE Myer’s product. If you’re not familiar with Myer’s famous wood fired bagels, do yourself a favor and head to their shop on 377 Pine Street in Burlington and indulge in their tasty Montreal-style bagels. Last but not least, Kountry Kart Deli, which is known as Burlington’s favorite deli, will be making a German-themed version of their famous “Rise and Shiner” for you to indulge in.

Now that you’ve got your favorite Vermont beer in one hand, and your German-inspired food item in the other, it’s time to boogie! Oktoberfest Vermont will feature The Jolly Kopperschmidts German Band, a 6-piece talented Bavarian Orchestra that is fully equipped with a trombone, flutes, trumpets, accordion, drums and a tuba. Enjoy the sounds of New England’s best Bavarian music crew! Let’s raise a glass and get ready to Oompah!

Do you like games? Oktoberfest Vermont wants to make this event as authentic as they can, so they have teamed up with some amazing brands to bring you a variety of competition and games throughout the festival. All games are FREE for all in attendance. Contestants will compete for the chance to win round-based prizes and major prizes for the winning champion of the event. One winner will be crowned for each of the games offered, and have his or her name added to the annual Oktoberfest Vermont trophy. The competition events are open to men and women who are 21+. All participants will be timed and recorded into the Oktoberfest Leaderboard to determine who the overall champion will be. A cash prize will be awarded to both the male and female champion. Think you have what it takes to win the Samuel Adams National Stein Hoisting Competition? The winner of this National Competition will win a trip to the 2016 Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany!

Tickets are NOW ON SALE and are available for three separate sessions. Purchase your tickets here and decide which session you’d like to attend. The tickets cost $35(+ $2 Burlington impact fee + Service fee).The sessions are as follows:

  • Thursday, September 24th: “Meet Your Maker” VIP Benefit Dinner, which includes one ticket to the Friday session of Oktoberfest. You can find more information on the VIP Benefit Dinner here.
  • Friday, September 25th: 5-9pm Oktoberfest Vermont Festivities
  • Saturday, September 26th: 5-9pm Oktoberfest Vermont Festivities

Authentic German-style clothing is not required, but highly encouraged! The Oktoberfest Vermont crew will be crowning a King & Queen for a costume contest, so be sure to get your Lederhosen and Dirndl out of the closet and get ready to look the part! This is a rain or shine event, so please make sure to check the weather before you leave the house and dress accordingly. For more information on the event, please visit the Oktoberfest Vermont website.

One last note, tickets to Oktoberfest Vermont are limited, so be sure to get yours today! Zicky, Zacky!